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05/07/2022 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The Malaysian police (Bukit Aman) have set up a special unit to monitor social media platforms to prevent the young generation from being influenced by extremist groups, which could pose a threat to national security.

If left unaddressed, these internet users might be led to partake in radical and extremist activities. The police want to act proactively by reaching out to these people as an early step to ensure they would not get involved with extremist groups.

According to Free Malaysia Today, Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) principal assistant director Normah Ishak said, “In Malaysia, it is not an offense for an individual to be radical, but it is the starting point of being an extremist. So, we take preventive measures from the beginning by intervening and ‘neutralizing’ these identified people.”

The Malaysian government has a program to deradicalize young Malaysians who have been detained for having radical thoughts. According to Prison deputy director (Radical and High-Risk Detainees/Prisoners Division) Wan Abdul Rahmad Wan Yaman, as of March 30, 55 detainees had been placed at the prison, with one of them being detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota).

These detainees are required to undergo a human development program involving four elements — behavior, skills, knowledge, and spiritual — conducted by the prison department.

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